Eugene Cho

stuff eugene liked this week

Hope everyone had a good week.  Busy week with many end of school year parental responsibilities and events.  Here’s some Stuff Eugene Liked This Week:

Canada Offers An Apology for Native Students’ Abuse [ny times] – the absolute most important read if you haven’t had a chance to read it already.  Here are some of the excerpts from Prime Minister Harper’s statement of apology.

What’s Fueling Global Warning Hysteria This Week [@ Broken Telegraph] – one of my growing favorite Quest bloggers.  And particularly in the Northwest, it takes some guts to question the whole global warming [un]debate.

What I Did with My Stimulus Check [@ God’s Politics] – a provocative read.  Here’s just the first paragraph:

On May 9, 2008, I received an “economic stimulus payment” from you for the amount of $600.00. I’m concerned that I received this check in error. As I understand it, you are $9 trillion in debt. You have outstanding bills with:

a) 47 million people in the United States without health insurance
b) 27 million Iraqis
c) 35.5 million Americans living without adequate food
d) 744,000 people in the U.S. without a place to live
e) 2.9 million disabled U.S. veterans
f) at least one polar bear

According to Psalm 37:21, “The wicked borrow, and don’t pay back, but the righteous give generously.” The money you gave to me was borrowed against your debt. As I see it, this is neither wise nor just.

@ THE MOVIES:  Saw the new Indiana Jones film and I can’t tell you how disappointed I was.  Geez.  I think I was more disppointed with this one than the Star Wars Prequels.  Anyone else?

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5 Responses

  1. paul merrill says:

    Re: Canada – it’s nice when a gov’t actually takes responsibility for its wrong-doings.

  2. chenster22 says:

    wow. props to canada. that’s pretty amazing.

    i was pretty disappointed by indiana jones as well. way too much george lucas in the second half of the movie. it started off pretty entertaining and then the cgi kicked in and everything went blegh.

  3. throwaholeinthesky says:

    um im new to this site and stuff, but dude you seriously kick ass and i subcribed but is there like, some kind of friend system?

  4. minna says:

    hey PE as your token canuck parishioner, i feel compelled to make a comment about your blog today. politics are politics, and i feel that there will always be people who undermine and twist the intentions of a politician’s words. i’m going to lean way over on the side of optimism and say that i was even more proud than i usual am to be canadian. for PM harper to take the burden of over 100 years of unimaginable mistreatment of the First Nations people truly is the realization of the seemingly impossible. what kind of crazy national leader would speak the words that he spoke?! my prayer is in accord with the words of national cheif phil fontaine: that this would be the beginning of both healing for, and reconciliation between the First Nations community and our country. merci beaucoup de partager cette histoire sur votre blog, PE!

  5. Capt Ralph says:

    Sorry, PE, can’t agree with you on that one………………………….I do usually agree, but the latest Indiana Jones brought back a lot of memories for this old man and was just fine. I only see about one movie a year in the theaters and got to see this one with my sons – in town for the weekend, the weekend it opened. I guess you could call that a nexus????????????????? How old were you when the first one came out? That could have some bearing. I called the guy I saw the first one with.

    A nostalgic memory – We went to see another movie, back then – 1979, or so – I got to the complex a little early and “snuck in” to see the beginning. (Jesus has forgiven me for that, too) and when I came out, my friend asked “Well, what do you think? Should we bother to see it?” I said (duh) yes. I asked him (he has an incredible memory) last week what movie was it we saw then, instead? Excalibur. Do you remember it? I sure don’t.

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One Day’s Wages

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
2 We want peace. We want security. 
3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
5 Please don't forget us.

Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
May it be so. Amen. Mount Rainier is simply epic. There's nothing like flying in and out of Seattle.

#mountrainier
#seattle
#northwestisbest

my tweets

  • Boom. Final fishing trip. Grateful. A nice way to end my 3 month sabbatical. #catchandrelease twitter.com/i/web/status/9… || 1 day ago
  • Christians: May we be guided by the Scriptures that remind us, "Seek first the Kingdom of God" and not, "Seek first the kingdom of America." || 1 day ago
  • Every convo with Iraqi/Syrian refugees included: 1 Have tea with us 2 We want peace 3 We hate ISIS 4 We want to go home 5 Don't forget us || 4 days ago
  • Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan to assess @OneDaysWages' partnerships & to film mini-documentary on refugee crisis. So many emotions. || 4 days ago
  • Pray for Mexico. For those mourning loved ones. For those fighting for life - even under rubbles. For rescue workers. Lord, in your mercy. || 4 days ago
  • Don't underestimate what God can do through you. God has a very long history of using foolish and broken people for His purposes and glory. || 6 days ago